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September 18, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
He probably never set foot on the beach that bears his name. He may not even be buried on the island where a memorial marker has stood for nearly seven decades. But none of that matters to a group of history-loving San Pedro residents and volunteers. For 37 years, on the first Saturday after Labor Day, the group that calls itself the Cabrillo Landing Party disembarks ceremonially on San Miguel Island.
September 5, 2005 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
In honor of the 224th birthday of the city of Los Angeles, a group of Angelenos on Sunday did what they don't usually do: They walked. Starting at 6 a.m., they set out from Mission San Gabriel and walked nine miles to Olvera Street to reenact the 1781 journey of the original settlers, known as Los Pobladores, to found the city, El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles. About 10 a.m.
August 30, 2005 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia oversaw the reversal of a historic 100-year-old court ruling on Monday, but it was all for show. "This will be one of those unpublished decisions that will not be citable before the Supreme Court," Scalia joked after announcing the outcome of Lochner v. New York following less than 30 minutes of deliberation at a mock hearing held at Chapman University in Orange.
July 27, 2005 | Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
An elaborate re-creation of the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Devin Brown, staged on a vacant lot in Granada Hills by the LAPD with help from Hollywood experts, casts doubts on a central justification for the shooting: that the officer was standing in the path of the teenager's oncoming car when he opened fire. The Feb.
July 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
American adventurer Steve Fossett and his co-pilot flew a biplane across the Atlantic, commemorating the first such flight 86 years ago by British pilots John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown. Fossett and antique-airplane enthusiast Mark Rebholz operated a custom-built replica Vickers Vimy, the type of aircraft the British pilots flew in 1919. Both crews flew from Newfoundland to Clifden in western Ireland using compasses and sextants for navigation.
June 29, 2005 | Sarah Price Brown, Times Staff Writer
About 250,000 spectators gathered Tuesday on England's southern shores to watch a reenactment of the Battle of Trafalgar, the naval engagement 200 years ago that destroyed Napoleon's hopes of invading Britain. But the reenactment did not feature the British against the French. What spectators got instead were the Reds vs. the Blues.
June 4, 2005 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
There are positions open for slaves at the Bratton plantation. Applicants must be willing to pick cotton, drink the master's liquor, gossip, sing spirituals, mourn the dead. The job is unpaid. Starts immediately. Since last summer, when four African American "living history" volunteers raised complaints about scripts they were asked to read, managers at Historic Brattonsville, a museum and historic site, have been coping with the most awkward of personnel issues.
May 30, 2005 | James Ricci, Times Staff Writer
Players in the South County Jasper dugout tried to conjure an era-appropriate term as they exhorted batsman Mike "Professor" Ballen to drive home his teammates at first and third base. "All right, Professor, two horses in the barn!" yelled Jasper captain Gary "Pops" Cooper. "Two roosters in the henhouse!" offered another teammate. "Two fleas on the dog!" cried a third.
March 29, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
The producer of an Academy Award-nominated documentary short is complaining that this year's Oscar-winning film in that category deceptively used reenactments, a charge that one of the winning filmmakers dismissed Monday as sour grapes. In a letter sent to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the producer of "Sister Rose's Passion" argues that "Mighty Times: The Children's March" competed "unfairly, flouting ethical standards set forth by the academy."
March 18, 2005 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
The revolution may not be televised, but it will probably be reenacted. Around for decades, re-creating historical events for television is flourishing as never before. Once viewed as unsophisticated, hopelessly inaccurate and at times even cheesy, the reenactments are now a documentary staple able to inject thrilling action sequences and emotional complexities into the conventional, staider format of narration, static visuals, archival footage and talking-head interviews.
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